i²c Networking Friday 2017

February 24, 2017 all-day Europe/Vienna Timezone
Kuppelsaal, TU Wien
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien



09:00 Registration & Coffee
09:45 Welcome

Dr. Birgit Hofreiter (Director Innovation Incubation Center – i²c – TUW)


Beyond Digitization: Universities as Drivers or Observers of the Digital Transformation?

Ever since its origin, the idea of the university was not only devoted to describing and explaining the world, but also to exploring new ways of solving problems, of working, living – and thinking. Therefore, it seems natural that the university plays a key role within the digital transformation. While the impact of universities on the transformation is undisputed – many successful entrepreneurs and their high potential employees benefit from their university degrees, it seems that universities are still struggling with finding their role in the new game. For good reasons, they are inspired by Aristotle’s postulate to regard recognition as an end in itself. Therefore, many members of today’s universities do not feel comfortable with entrepreneurship, since it is regarded as being driven primarily by economic motives. However, in recent years, more and more universities realized that the digital transformation offers an excellent opportunity to effectively disseminate foundational ideas of science into society, such as intellectual curiosity and creativity, criticism, rationality and the belief into progress that makes the world a better place. But it is far from trivial to develop an idea of how the university could transform itself to become a driver of the societal transformation – not by sacrificing its roots, but by re-interpreting them in a changing world. Against this background, the panel is aimed at discussing the future role of the university, which includes its relations to other key players such as founders, investors and governments.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Frank

Chair Information Systems and Enterprise Modelling, Univ. Duisburg-Essen

Dr. Ludovit Garzik

Head of Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development

Dr. Tim Hart

Managing Consultant, Isis Enterprise, Oxford University Innovation Ltd.

DI. (FH) Tom Peruzzi, MA

International Interims CxO, Angel-Investor, Lecturer


11:30 NETWORKING Lunch
TU Startup & Idea Roadshow
meet&greet researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, industry, public funding agencies

Scientific Entrepreneurship: Experiences at University of Oxford – Value and Future Role of Entrepreneurship for Academic Institutions

This session will review the development and experiences of scientific entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford. We will not only draw on our experiences in this field over the last 30 years at Oxford, but also on the last decade of experiences from supporting scientific entrepreneurship activities within academic environments from our consulting work in other parts of the world. We will summarise lessons learnt to date and give our views on the future role and value of entrepreneurship for academic institutions.

Dr. Tim Hart

Managing Consultant, Isis Enterprise, Oxford University Innovation Ltd.



14:00 i²c StartAcademy PITCH CHALLENGE

Jury Members (in alphabetical order)

DI. Michael Altrichter (Business Angel)
Mag. (FH) Ivana Bacanovic (GIN – Global Incubator Network)
Michael Eisler, MBA (Startup300)
Lisa Fassl, MSc. (Austrian Angel Investment Association –aaia)
Dipl.- BW. Ralf Kunzmann (aws Gründerfonds)
Mag. Markus Lang (Pioneers Ventures)
Mag. Viktor Pasquali (aws JumpStart, aws Business Angel Fund)
Mag. Lucanus Polagnoli (SpeedInvest)
DI. (FH) Mag. Rafael Rasinger (WKO Aussenwirtschaft Austria – go-International)
Mag. Klaus Schatz, MSc. (KPMG Austria)


GoTelAviv – 3 Weeks Accelerator Program TelAviv (go-international/GIN – Global Incubator Network)
Pitch at the Austrian Angel Investment Association – aaia
i²c Award for a High Potential PhD Result (€5000,– realization scholarship sponsored by KPMG) and Work Space in the i²c FounderSpace incl. TUW i²ncubator program)
Ticket for the Pioneers Festival 2017
€1000 in cash (Startup300)

16:00 Wrap-up & Networking
Dr. Birgit Hofreiter (Director Innovation Incubation Center – i²c – TUW)


Moderation: Mag. Daniel Cronin (Austrian Startups)